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Mapping Freight: The Highly Concentrated Nature of Goods Trade in the United States


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Cities are the start or end for 80% of the goods.

The country’s 100 largest metropolitan areas drive national goods trade, with more than 80 percent of all goods either starting or ending in these areas. In total, $16.2 trillion in domestic and international goods flow annually through the largest metropolitan areas, which specialize in moving advanced industrial products.

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